Just because a product is on sale doesn’t mean you’ll get it for the sale price. It’s not always simple to tell what the register rings up. Sometimes a register will ring up the original price only to be discounted shortly after. Other times you may not realize what you paid till you get home. Check out the following tips to keep you from losing out on the sale and having to pay the regular price.
- 1. Make a list.
Prior to going to the store make a list of what you are going to buy for that particular trip only.
- 2. Only buy what’s on the list.
It’s easy to get distracted when you are in the store but that’s what the list is for. Stick to the list and you’ll know what you are going to pay at the checkout.
- 3. Know what you are going to pay beforehand.
Add the sale prices together with the price of items that aren’t on sale. You can do this at home if you know the price of items that you are going to be purchasing, which aren’t on sale.
- 4. Take a calculator with you.
If you are uncertain at any time about what your total price will be, add prices together on your calculator. It’s best to do this before the cashier rings up items that way you can devote your full attention to what the register is totaling.
- 5. Keep an eye on the register total as each item is being scanned.
- 6. If the price sounds too high, ask the cashier to double check the sale prices of each item.
- 7. Scan your receipt before you get home.
- 8. Scan the receipt before you leave the checkout and then again in your car.
- 9. Ask for your receipt if the cashier doesn’t give you one.
A cashier may not give you a receipt for varying circumstances. One may be to save paper while another is to eliminate the proof of a mistake they might have made while yet another is to eliminate returns. Without a receipt, it’s only speculation about the price you paid. Even if you return shortly after to confront the same cashier who made the mistake. The cashier may have forgotten what the register rang up.
Asking for your receipt is probably one of the most important things to remember. Some stores won’t accept returns without a purchase let alone that if you were overcharged you won’t have the proof to say otherwise. It’s also one of the easiest things to walk out the door without. If the cashier doesn’t hand you your receipt it’s often assumed that the receipt is in the bag. And sometimes in a rush, you may think that the cashier has already handed you your receipt and you put it in your pocket or purse. Make sure you have your receipt before you walk out the door.